The Houston Texans have signed veteran free agent DE Alex Carrington, who takes the place of fullback Soma Vainuku who was waived/injured after the first preseason game.
The @HoustonTexans signed free agent DE Alex Carrington and waived-injured FB Soma Vainuku. Carrington will wear #61.— Texans PR (@TexansPR) August 16, 2016
Carrington is 29 years old and was drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He had a year with the St Louis Rams in 2014 before returning to the Bills for the 2015 season. He was never a consistent starter, starting only 10 games out his 59 played across his career, but he has racked up 23 sacks and 62 tackles in those games. He is coming off quadriceps tendon surgery, much like new teammate Duane Brown,.
At 6'5" and 300 pounds, Carrington will add to the mix of fringe starting defensive ends opposite J.J. Watt and may end up being part of a rotation much like he did in Buffalo.
Soma Vainuku was waived with an injury designation, although it is unclear what the injury was or if he is really injured at all. That leaves Jay Prosch as the lone fullback on the roster.
What do you think of the signing? Potential starter or just a backup?